Unwise to sack Grant now

Ghana Football Association technical director Oti Akenteng has advised against the sacking of embattled Black Stars head coach Avram Grant.
A poor start to the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign that has seen the four-time African champions fall five points behind rivals Egypt with four games left to play, has many in the country’s football community demanding the sack of the Israeli tactician.
Grant’s contract runs out after the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, and he is unlikely to get a renewal, but some want him gone even before the continental showpiece which kicks off on January 14 in Gabon.
Akenteng believes it will be counterproductive to fire Grant now, especially as he achieved his target to do well at the last AFCCON – reaching the final, and can still achieve his mandate to end the Blacks Stars 34-year wait for the title this time around.
I think it will not be wise, honestly, if we rush into such a decision. Why don’t we take our time? We gave the man a target, let us see… The first one he did it, and we have asked him to go and win the AFCON (2017). He has not gone yet, and you say we have sacked him, on what basis are you sacking him? Akenteng asked rhetorically in an interview with local radio station Empire FM.
We are all elite people, we are all very knowledgeable, and we know that the coach is under contract, and I will be very surprised (if he is sacked).
I do not know if we have money to be able to offset these things and also to go into battle of this nature when we have an important assignment ahead of us.
Ghana have been drawn alongside Egypt, Mali and Uganda, and will open their campaign against the Cranes on Tuesday January 17 in Port-Gentil.

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